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Melting into You

(Stewart Island #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,502 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Librarian's note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN13 9780473285937.

Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? The Due South series will transport you to an unspoilt, wild island off the coast of New Zealand. Meet Kezia and Ben...

Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…

Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust peop
Published August 2014 by Icon Publishing (first published June 1st 2014)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Due South Series

Melting Into You is book two in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez. I love books that include kids. This book was fantastic. It had every element I look for. Hot chemistry between the main characters, sweet romance, a tough guy that softens to a pussy cat, and two sweet little girls that will just break your heart. Yep, I loved this book.

Kezia Murphy has pretty much been let down by everyone that mattered to her. Her ex-in-laws, her own parents and her deceased husband. She and her eight yea
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars!! Another fun installment in this addictive series!

My dual review with Kathleen posted at Swept Away By Romance

What worked
Kathleen says:
I REALLY loved all the characters; they were all done exceeding well, even the dog Sparky gets a 5 star rating.
The location added a lot to the overall story.
This story made me REALLY feel the emotions that took place during the read.
I LOVED that the same characters from book one, In Too Deep, were in this book too.
The way Ben learned with the help of
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen and Karla's dual review Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

What worked

Kathleen says:I REALLY loved all the characters; they were all done exceeding well, even the dog Sparky gets a 5 star rating.
The location added a lot to the overall story.
This story made me REALLY feel the emotions that took place during the read.
I LOVED that the same characters from book one, In Too Deep, were in this book too.
The way Ben learned with the help of Kezia how to be a father and to always put his dau
Mar 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Big Joe  Rossi
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about an amazing array of characters and a different take on a usually mundane storyline. WOW! Ms Alvarez has written a thoroughly enjoyable book.

Kezia Murphy moved to Stewart Island to start fresh and new after her daughter, Zoe beat cancer, her husband died and her parents and his let her down. Now she has caved a niche of friends and made a home for them. She is content with it being only her and Zoe. No matter the attraction to her friend's brother.

Ben Harland doesn't do attachments a
Rob. C.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome story by Tracey Alvarez! Book one was fantastic, with just the right mix of romance, fun, angst and steam to ensure a great reading experience and book hangover afterwards. I wasn’t sure what to expect next, because when you end up loving the first book by a new author, you also end up having high expectations for the next one. I’m happy to say Tracey didn’t disappoint me. Ben and Kezia’s story is just as great as West and Piper’s was (In Too Deep). At first I have to admit I was ...more
Sherilee Gray
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Too Deep is the first in the Due South Series, and I devoured it. Needless to say I was hanging out for Ben and Kezia's story. I was not disappointed. Ben is big and alpha, and at times struggles to put into words what he's thinking, and as much as he tries to deny it, a bit of a teddy bear *shhhhhh*. Kezia's been through some seriously hard times, but has found a new life for herself on beautiful Stewart Island with her daughter. Both characters were well developed and you can't help but fal ...more
Alexia Adams
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darn you, Tracey Alvarez! I should have known better than to start reading Due South #2 after I could barely put down Due South #1. But I did. I started it. Even though I had tons of other things I should get done first. And they are still undone. Because I couldn't put your flipping book down again until I'd finished it. Well played, or I guess I should say, well written, Ms. Alvarez, well written.

I must admit, at first I found Ben (the hero)a huge stronzo. He's not the kind of hero to fall ins
Johanna Sawyer
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author for a free book to read and review. I have to say this book was extremely well written as the first in the series. This is the second book in this series and can be read alone. There was a good attraction between the characters but I didn't like Ben as much as Ryan. The story premise was great, and the book stayed well within its genre. The synopsis of this book pulled me in, although the authors style of writing made me want the second book. No cliffhangers, and other than ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kezia had everything in her life a job that she like a daugther she worship but there was something missing, something to put spice in it and that something in reality is someone.
Ben who was living a simple life until his life took an unexpected turn and be more vivid with emotions that he wanted to deny and have nothing to do with them.
Two completelly opposite people with opposite futur purposes whose life took the best turn ever.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay book, just not my cup of tea. Got 25% through and then realized that I was forcing myself to read it. Life is too short to read books that you don't enjoy. ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, arc
Also reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

When I finished In Too Deep, book one of Tracey Alvarez's Due South series last winter, I knew I was going to be one of the first in line for book two, Ben and Kezia's story. Then I found out it wasn't coming out until June. Let me tell you, in the depths of the winter we just had, I didn't think June was ever going to get here. It did, of course, and I'm happy to report that Melting Into You was soooo worth the wait!

Life hasn't been easy for Kezia Murphy
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful

Story in the series. This time Ben is front and center, he finds out he has 8 year old daughter from a weekend hook up that left the island, but he might have actually found love. Kezie moved to the island with her daughter, she is a teacher & a widow, but relationships haven't been her strong suit. Can they work.
Overall I liked this book. Ben is living the single life when all of sudden he finds out that he has an 8 year old daughter. Needless to say, we learn quickly that Ben is a terrible dad. However, with the help of Kezia he learns quickly. Thankfully by the end Ben and Kezia are together because they sure did play around a lot with their feelings.
Mar 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
MELTING INTO YOU is the second book in TRACEY ALVAREZ’ Due South series, set on the beautiful little island Stewart Island off of New Zealand. While I really enjoyed reading about Piper’s and West’s story in INTO THE DEEP, a book with just the right amount of suspense, drama and passion – I literally devoured this one! I mean, I almost expected this, as I had a crush on Ben, Piper’s grumpy and close-mouthed brother, from the beginning of the series and I also adored Kezia and her smart and stati ...more
Emsy Van Wyck
Tracey Alvarez's Melting Into You is a gripping and moving romance

How delightful to travel back (virtually) to New Zealand’s Stewart Island via Tracey Alvarez’s new entry in her Due South series, Melting Into You. I found the description of this wild island's winter most refreshing as I swelter here in 90+F degree days. Once again, Alvarez has written about real-to-life characters who are facing major issues in their lives.

Ben, the swinging bachelor whose longest commitment was measured in just
Melting Into You was a super fun follow up to In Too Deep. So far the Due South Series has pleased my happy read-omitor! We were introduced to Ben and Kez in the first book of the series. Kez is a widow who resides in town and is a school teacher. Ben is the super sexy often reckless brother that piper helped save from financial ruin. Piper has moved back home and is partnering with Ben in their fathers business. We had just enough drama with a dab of flare.

M-istakes, from the past have come to
Renes Getaway
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is great as a stand alone story line but is even better if you have read book one in this series—In Too Deep—because having read the first book gives you the background knowledge which helps you understand the characters early on. But even if you have never seen book one, you will enjoy this book.

It is a love story, and who doesn’t love to read love stories. The two main characters are Kezia, a widow with a young daughter who also happens to be a leukemia survivor, so our leading lady
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Fear is something we have all come upon in our lives. Whether the fear be of the unknown or the anticipation of what will happen we have all come upon it. At times our breathing speeds up, we begin to sweat and our hearts begin to flutter but what we make of it becomes part of our existence. To experience it is to live.

This is the second book in the Due South Series the first is In Too Deep

Ben-rugged, hunky

Kezia-pretty, smart and a mom

Piper & West-from In Too Deep

Ben is a man that can hav
Angela Goodrich
I have to admit that I picked this book up expecting to get a light romance that was a good read - a three star book, maybe four. So you can probably imagine my surprise when I didn't enjoy the book ... I loved it! Ms. Alvarez has created a cast of characters that are so real and fun to read about that I couldn't not connect with them.

Ben is the sexy alpha playboy who's hot for teacher but hasn't done anything about it as his personal rules dictate that he not "date" a local as the island is so
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Due South Book 2, Melting Into You, is Ben and Kezia Muphy's story. This story begins with Ben dreaming of Kezia. Now Ben, one of the island's most eligible bachelors, and one that insists bachelorhood is going to be his permanent status, gets his world rocked by three women; his daughter, oh, surprise, surprise, Jade; Kezia, the sexy Italian schoolteacher that helps him with his new status as a father; and Zoe, Kezia's outspoken, headstrong, loving daughter.

My first reaction to the plot of Ben
R J Mckay
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘Melting into You’ continues the Due South series, this time focusing on Kezia and Ben. Ben has never wanted a long-term relationship. Kezia, a widowed school teacher with a young daughter, is not looking for any kind of relationship. But the fates (and the author) had other ideas.

When loud banging on the door rouses Ben from some seriously steamy dreams about the school teacher he finds a woman from his past with a young girl in tow. Apparently, he has a daughter. Surprise!! Being a Dad was ne
Donna Porter
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Due South series and it was every bit as good as the first one was. Into the Deep is the first one. Ben Harland if you remember from book one he has a dive business and his sister Piper quit her job as a police diver and went to work for her brother doing shark dives for the business. Keiza Murphy is the school teacher on the island. She is a single mother to eight year old Zoe. Ben has always been attracted to Keiza but he doesn't due relationships. One morning he ...more
Shandi Dews
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this story we meet Kezia Murphy, a widow with an 8 year old daughter. Four years earlier, as her daughter battled Luekemia, an accident took the life of Kezia's husband. In an attempt to start over, Kezia and her daughter, Zoe, move to the small town of Oban, located on Stewart Island in New Zealand. Kezia becomes the town school teacher, and she is content living life with just her daughter by her side. Her daughter, on the other hand, longs for more.

Insert Ben Harland, the town womanizer,
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Melting Into You by Tracey Alvarez is the second book in her Due South series. This story focuses on Ben, the brother to Piper from the first book and Kezia, the close friend of Piper.

Kezia is a widowed single mother. He daughter Zoe is 8 and the sole focus and purpose in Kezia's life. Zoe is in remission from Leukemia and Kez doesn't take a moment for granted.

Ben is a single guy with absolutely no desire to settle, date, get serious, or have kids. That is until a fling from 9 years ago shows up
Anny hernandez
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provide a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book, and I love it, love the characters, and love how the book turn out to be, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

The story begging with Ben, Ben is in the middle of a dream, when he is awaking from his sleep, by the loud banging on the door, he gets up and make his way to the door, to be greeted by an old hooked up that he had nine years ago, when he ask her what she w
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melting into You (Due South, #2) by Tracey Alvarez
Melting into You is the second book in the Due South series. It is the story of Ben and Kezia. For most of the first book I didn't even like Ben, but in this book he totally "melted" my heart -pun intended! I loved that he got a chance to redeem himself.

Kezia is the devoted single mother who is used to putting her daughter's needs before her own. She fights her attraction to Ben for the sake of her daughter. Kezia as well as her little girl have been through a lot and she will do anything t
Bette Stanek
Book 2 in the Due South series involving two characters that were introduced in In Too Deep. I didn't connect with this one as well as I did book 1. There really isn't anything wrong, it's just I didn't feel the chemistry between Ben and Kezia like I did West and Piper.

Kezia is a young widow who has taken a third-grade teaching position in Oban on Stewart Island. She loves island life and has made friends that are now family. She and her daughter, Zoe, are restarting their lives. Kezia is happy
Cathy Geha
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful love story set on an island off of New Zealand has been written by Tracey Alvarez! Her first book rated five stars with me so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, her second book in the Due South series. Tracey has created a story that deals with the ideas of responsibility, sharing of emotions, love, parenting, dyslexia and family in this wonderful adult novel.

Ben is a carefree dive boat owner who ends up with a young daughter he never knew about until the day her mother b
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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

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